Disaster Relief Playbook Teaches Shared Kitchens How to Feed Thousands Using Donated Food During COVID-19

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Disaster Disaster Relief Playbook for Shared and Commercial Kitchens

O'side Kitchen Collaborative (OKC) is a grassroots non-profit that is rescuing surplus food from restaurants and using it to feed thousands of vulnerable people in isolation.

O'side Kitchen Collaborative (OKC) is a grassroots non-profit that is rescuing surplus food from restaurants and using it to feed thousands of vulnerable people in isolation.

The OKC partnered with Galley Solutions and The Food Corridor to create a step-by-step playbook any commercial kitchen can use to activate underutilized space as a food distribution operation during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

PIVOTING a commercial kitchen to feed thousands of elderly, immunocompromised, and other at-risk individuals, largely with donated food, is no small task. One commercial kitchen, the OKC, wanted to share every step of their process so organizations around the country can create an impact in their local communities.

The Disaster Relief Playbook for Shared and Commercial Kitchens, created in partnership with Galley Solutions and The Food Corridor, guides kitchen operators through the challenges of launching a not-for-profit food distribution operation. Some insights include:

  • Who to ask for food, supplies, and labor donations
  • Food safety and prep in the era of COVID-19
  • How to seek emergency relief funding from governments and organizations
  • Distribution methods for getting food to the people who need it most

Ian Christopher, Co-Founder of Galley Solutions, explains: “We're honored to help passionate people be a force for good in the midst of challenging situations. The OKC is proof that, when communities come together, we can solve immense problems. We hope the Disaster Relief Playbook helps other communities experience that too.”